Betting Odds Give Manny Pacquiao “Puncher’s Chance” to Win Philippine Presidency

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  • Manny Pacquiao has opened as the +100 betting favorite to become the next President of the Philippines.
  • Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio and Senator Bong Go are next on the list at +200 and +400, respectively.
  • The last time Pacquiao was a betting underdog of any kind was when he was listed as a +200 to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015.

Manny Pacquiao’s latest betting odds won’t be found under the boxing category but rather in politics.

Online betting sites BetOnline has listed Pacquiao as the even-money (+100) betting favorite to become the next president of the Republic of the Philippines:

According to BetOnline, Pacquiao’s chief rival at +200 will be Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of sitting Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte’s chief aide and now senator Christopher “Bong” Go is listed at +400 with the third-best odds to be elected Philippine president.

Going further down the betting board, Bongbong Marcos, the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is next at +800 while incumbent vice-president Leni Robredo is next at +2500. Politicians Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes complete the odds board at +5000 each.

Pacquiao Accepts Party Nomination

Following his loss to Yordenis Ugas, Pacquiao told reporters that the chances of him fighting again would be 60/40 but said he would make the decision after taking a break and spending time with his family.

Shortly after that, online sportsbook posted betting odds for a Pacman retirement. It set the odds for Pacquiao to announce his retirement at -600 or an implied probability of 85.7%. Aside from that bet, the same sportsbook also listed Pacquiao as a -300 betting favorite to run for Philippine President, with the NO listed at +200. Whoever wagered on the favorites have cashed out.

Last Sunday, Pacquiao accepted the nomination of the PDP-Laban political party to become its standard-bearer for the Philippine President in the country’s May 2022 elections. Pacman then confirmed to Philippine media that his boxing career is over.

The last Time Manny Was a Betting Underdog Was in 2015

The last time that we saw Manny Pacquiao as a betting underdog of any kind was six years ago when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. at +200. Since that bout, Pacman has fought seven times and he has opened and closed as the betting favorite in all of those bouts. This is no longer boxing but the best boxing sportsbooks still favor him in his first political betting line.

But while he has been favored in every fight after the Mayweather debacle, Pacquiao has been upset twice. The Filipino ring legend was a -500 odds on favorite against former teacher Jeff Horn but lost that fight, though controversially, via split decision. Then in his most recent bout against Ugas, Pacman was decisively defeated as the -350 betting favorite.

Pacquiao’s next bout isn’t going to be inside the boxing ring, but it will be tougher than any opponent he has faced during his legendary boxing career. If Pacquiao was upset several times as a boxer, the chances of an upset in the political arena are higher, especially since Philippine politics is worse than the dirtiest boxers in the history of the sport.

Shane Acedera

Shane has been writing sports stories since 2015 and has published hundreds of online sports articles. A retired banker, he juggles his day as his wife Rocelle's driver, a furdad to three Golden Retrievers named Horry, Fisher, and Ranger, and a content writer here at GamblingSites.ORG. ...

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